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Report: Land Rover LRX Hybrid to Debut Next Year

New fuel-efficient SUV will set new course for Land Rover on 40th anniversary of Range Rover model

 |  Aug 27 2009, 10:45 AM

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Land Rover’s smaller, fuel-efficient SUV model based on the LRX Concept, is expected to debut next year as a 2011 model. Several drivetrains will be offered including a hybrid powerplant – a first for Land Rover.

The date for the unveiling is expected to be June 17th, which will mark 40 years since the original Range Rover was unveiled. With a focus on fuel-economy, the new model will help brand a new identity for the company which is known so well for huge engines and incredibly heavy platforms.

The LRX will be based on the Freelander with a hybrid version most likely using an electrically driven rear axle to assist a front-drive gasoline engine, to deliver grip and performance, as well as fuel-economy.

[Source: AutoCar]